What is National Blood Donor Awareness Month?

Blood donations save lives. That's why you should consider donating!

Blood donations save lives. That’s why you should consider donating!
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You may not be aware of what makes the month of January so special. After all, Christmas season had just ended and everything will be back to the way they were soon. But we do have a reason to celebrate because this month is National Blood Donor Awareness Month!

We all know why donating blood is important. Most of the time, patients require blood from donors just to survive. That’s why it’s important for us to provide them so to save lives in our own little ways!

Also, during the winter months, it is known that blood inside one’s body is typically short in supply because of the cold weather which results in poor circulation. January is a difficult time for collecting blood from donors who are willing to contribute to patients. Over 39,000 units of blood are needed by hospitals and infirmaries and a shortage might as well jeopardize the supply of blood in banks.

National Blood Donor Awareness Month is an initiative to encourage people to donate or pledge to give blood. It is a cause which will benefit those with serious diseases, ones who went through tragic accidents, and those who are in need of immediate surgery.

How can you celebrate? Well, first and foremost, you can do something as simple as donating blood! It’s a quick and painless process and it actually has some health benefits.

Always remember that there are certain qualifications for donating blood:

  • You need to be healthy, able to perform normal activities well.
  • You have to be at least 17 years old.
  • You have to weigh not less than 110 lbs.

If you meet the qualifications above, then why not consider donating blood? Donations from individuals twice a year drastically help in maintaining the supply in blood banks. If that sounds good to you, head on down to your nearest clinic and give blood today!

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